Forgive with God’s Mercy

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Jesus teaches this powerful little proverb in his parable of the unmerciful servant. “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:22).  A servant owed his master an astronomical amount of money. (Jesus says, “Ten thousand talents” or bags of gold. Each talent or bag of gold was worth 20 years of wages. Do the math, if you …

God’s Net

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

If you bash me with a critical Facebook post, slamming my well-meaning efforts as ridiculous and telling others that I’m not worth a lick as a pastor, two things are going to happen. First, I’m going to hurt. Second, I’m going to want to hurt you. That’s human instinct telling us that revenge makes things better. To be honest, revenge …

Deborah

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The city of Hazor regained its status as the premier city of Canaan, the land God told his chosen people, Israel, to take over. It was located on the main road between Egypt and the Middle East, profiting from all the trade and travel. The Canaanites of Hazor engaged in a new weapons program, developing 900 iron chariots and likely …

Faith Like Father Abraham

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

When he was 75 years old, Abraham was called by God to travel to the land of Canaan. There he would dispossess the Canaanites from this land that God owned, and promised would belong to Abraham and his descendants.  Over the next 24 years Abraham and his family encountered hostile enemies and family squabbling, they went hungry from famines, more …

What Can You Give Jesus?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

What can you give Jesus that he desires? Praise. Thanks. Prayers. Good deeds. Obedience. Following him. Yes, absolutely. But also consider this.  Jesus speaks in Isaiah’s prophecy as the servant of the Lord who comes to help people. He begins, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to …

Let Your Light Shine

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The crowds began to expand. Word began to spread. A buzz of excitement filled the air. Jesus of Nazareth was more than a rabbi. He was special in ways that many couldn’t explain. Some said he was the promised Messiah. He would deliver them from the Romans. A smaller band of disciples and devoted followers knew better.  Jesus is the …

Self Love is a Good Thing

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31) Jesus teaches us with an intriguing comparison. For most of my ministry I’ve taught this verse like: We know how important we are to ourselves, don’t we? We lavish ourselves with special treatment. We’re enamored with our own opinion. We want to be first in line, ahead of everyone else even those less …

What Should I Pray For?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

One of the most common struggles with prayer is what to say after, “Dear God.” It can sound like a list of silly demands. And the really big stuff is so monumental we sometimes don’t know where to begin. Help is here.

Plans

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Don’t you wish God was more specific? Should you give up your morning eggs because the allergist recommends it, or try to push through it? Your heart is telling you it’s time to say goodbye to your boyfriend for good, but your friends say that’s crazy. What does God say? Are you supposed to research gas prices every time you …